In Memoriam: The Passing of Logan the Boyer

On March 26th Logan the Bowyer passed away. 

Logan was a brother Boga Fyrd, and a stalwart supporter of the Barony of Coeur d’Ennui.

Logan also acted as a court herald when called upon. In fact, he was always ready to perform any service for his Barony and Kingdom.

Most people remember his kindness, his willingness to help and his joy. He was always willing to help new archers, and to expand our understanding of the art. But it did not end with archery; Logan would help anyone with anything. Simply being there, with a smile and a willing set of hands, was his great strength.

He also loved the making of things, receiving a Leather Mallet for his cooking and woodworking. He loved learning, and would ask very tough, detailed questions in his quest to grasp a concept.

Logan embodied the yeoman archer of “Strike the Drum” and well deserves to have the song sung in his memory:

 

 

The Passing of Sveinn Njallson

Courtesy of the Knowne World Memorial Shield Project

Lord Sveinn Njallson has passed after a valorous battle with cancer. He is survived by his lady wife, Lady Ragnheiðr Refsdóttir, and his son Kristian. He is preceded by his first wife, Dagny Vigunnsdatter, of blessed memory.

Sveinn was squired to Syr Duncan Eardstapa.

Svein joined the SCA in 1979. Though he could not travel extensively, he was a constant and stalwart member of the Kingdom of Calontir and of the Barony of Three Rivers. He served in the baronial guard for a time, also receiving the Order of Three Rivers Silver and the Baron’s Order of Gallantry.

His Kingdom awards include the Order of the Iren-Fyrd, Order of the Leather Mallet and Order of the Torse.

While he is remembered as a stalwart brother in arms, Sveinn is also remembered as being kind, helpful and welcoming to newcomers, always willing to share his knowledge of Norse lifestyle.  Not seeking the spotlight, he nevertheless worked behind the scenes, quietly and competently, to insure thing ran smoothly.

 

Sveinn also participated in equestrian activities. From Sir Sato Jiro:

Sveinn, before his cancer was diagnosed had been coming to B3R equestrian practices regularly and was learning to do mounted combat on our mules. After he was diagnosed and had begun treatment he continued to come to practices and continued to ride for some time even while on harsh Chemo treatments. His refusal to give up doing things he loved (like riding the mules in combat) even when feeling unwell was an inspiration to many of us equestrians in Three Rivers.

In origin, the term chivalry means “horsemanship”, formed in Old French, in the 11th century, from chevalier (horseman, knight). Sveinn showed me he was a horseman and he was full of Chivalry with his bravery.

 

 

Finally, here is a story shared by Lady Pádraigín an Ein i gh:

Not many know this, as I officially joined SCA later in my life – but I’ve known a very special, wise, clever and amazing man known as Sveinn (Duane Nelson) for a while now.
I was 13 when I met him and his first wife at a NYE party hosted by Jennifer Llewelyn. The funny thing about SCA people is they don’t see a teenager or a toddler, they just see smaller humans and treat them with respect and inquire and show genuine interest. I was f—ing shy when I was 13, and I remember reading this book at the start of the NYE party and Duane came up to me and just started to inquire about the book and talking to me like an adult – a new thing for me to experience. He recommended some authors I might like and to this day, they are some of my favorite authors.
I will never forget heading to my first(ish) event (I was there a total of 3 hours, so I don’t really count it) that same year and every time I saw Duane, he’d always ask how I was doing, was I enjoying myself, had I drank water, you know the typical SCA hospitality questions.
When I officially joined the SCA 6 years ago, I walked up to Duane and asked if he remembered me and he gave me the biggest hug and said, “Welcome Back, of COURSE I remember you.” He was, in part one of the reasons I decided to jump in feet first with the SCA. He was a familiar face in an unknowing crowd and that was always comforting.
A few months ago my goddaughter and I met Duane and Rebecca at Central Reform Congregation for an evening service. Rebeca was walking my goddaughter through the service, as she is planning on converting.
Afterwards we went out to dinner at Ari’s. And I will never forget what Duane said after her ordered the lamb chops: “Always order the lamb chops. Our own lives are fleeting and precious if you want the lamb chops, order the damn lamb chops.”
May Vallhalla greet you with songs and mead a’plenty.

 

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help with final expenses.

In Memoriam: The Passing of Baron Sir Cormac O’Sullivan

 

Photo courtesy Mistress Rhianydd Arberth

Baron Sir Cormac O’Sullivan passed away on Monday, February 26, 2018.

Courtesy of The Knowne World Memorial Shield Project

Memorial visitation will be March 6, from 4 PM to 8 PM at Calterra Funeral Home, 5140 Daggett Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.  Funeral Mass will be March 7 at 10 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4200 Delor St., St. Louis, MO 63116

Baron Cormac was the second baron of the Barony of Three Rivers, serving from 1990 to 1995. He is remembered fondly by many as their “first Baron”, and a great inspiration in their SCA experience.

He is also remembered for his exuberant performances of songs like “Haul Away Joe”, and his recitation of Shylock’s speech from the Merchant of Venice. He was always smiling, and his joy in life and the SCA was infectious, bringing everyone along with him for the ride.

Sir Saito remembers:

Baron Sir Cormac was the first knight I met in the SCA 30 years ago.  He immediately impressed me with his kindness to strangers. He also, for the many years I fought with him, inspired me to remember SCA fighting is more about honor and fun than victory. He ALWAYS was smiling a big grin inside his helmet.  Always.  I never saw him without that grin, ear to ear, as he smashed people with his mace.  He was the knight that made me want to be a knight.  He was also a funny guy who could make me laugh.  He used to use this line on young new fighters like myself 30 year ago. It went like this “Young man” he told me “Now try not to hurt this old, slow, tired knight.  Come closer so I can hear and see you better” He would then explode into a grinning whirlwind of mace and shield.    I use that line myself for many years now in his honor.   It saddens my heart to think his inspiring light isn’t shining still.

 

In Memoriam: The Passing of Lady Ciarnait inghean uí Mheadhra (Elizabeth Ravenscroft)

Courtesy of the Knowne World Memorial Shield Project

Lady Ciarnait inghean uí Mheadhra (Elizabeth Ravenscroft) passed away on Thursday morning, February 22nd, 2018. No information on memorial services was available at the time of publication.

Over the years she was apprenticed to Mistress Bess Darnley, then she became the protege of Countess Comyn Hrothwyn of Goldum Aecum (Shadow) Bess returned to Canada. She also was fostered as apprentice to Mistress Luciana di Ridolfi of blessed memory. 

She was a strong and supporting member of the Shire of Dun Ard, who worked hard to maintain the group. Between her work and health her activity level in the SCA dropped off over the years but any event held in Dun Ard had her hand in planning in some capacity.

She was also a talented costumer, who produced beautiful Elizabethan garb.

Bess: “She truly was a gentle soul who had no real idea of the positive impact she had on people around her.”

Shadow: “She always had a willing, open heart and an ‘helium hand’ when helping others discover her love of costuming and the SCA. Her life didn’t allow her participation sadly but she was there helping in the shadows. She will be missed.”


Ed. Note:  A previous version of this article misstated the order of Elizabeth’s peer relationships. This has been corrected.

In Memoriam: Duke Kenric æt Essex

Photo by Raziya bint Rusa

Crossposted from the East Kingdom Gazette, for those Calontiri who knew His Grace Kenric:


“When righteousness and mercy are associated in the ruler’s authority, he may, while soothing the hearts of his subjects, inspire them with reverence, and, whilst correcting, sooth them. So spoke Alfred, great King of the Saxons, and it is as if he had known Kenric ætEssex.” – From the ducal scroll of Kenric æt Essex


Duke Kenric æt Essex, Knight, Laurel, has been declared lost at sea following a boating accident on Friday, January 12th. Kenric was one of the most highly accomplished and beloved citizens of the East. He and his wife, Avelina Keyes, reigned three times as King and Queen of the East. He was the only person in the history of the East to be inducted into five orders of High Merit. Prior to his first reign as King of the East, he served as East Kingdom Brigantia Herald for four years, then subsequently as Kingdom Chamberlain for two years, and at the time of his death was serving as East Kingdom Marshal of Armored Combat.

Kenric was a fixture in his home Barony of the Bridge for decades and was a leading member of Duchy Von Drachenklaue and of House Silverwing. He recieved his Award of Arms in the Fall of 1994 from Lucan II and Jana II and was shortly thereafter inducted into the Pillar of the Bridge for his contributions to his local group. He was a companion of the Order of the Sagittarius (1998), of the Silver Crescent (1999), of the Maunche (2000), of the Tygers Combattant (2001), of the Chivalry (2002), of the Silver Rapier (2014), of the Laurel (2014), and of the Golden Rapier (2017). In addition, he held the rank of Master Bowman.

He was recognized with the Queen’s Honor of Distinction by Caitlin and by Jana IV, and with the Queen’s Award of Esteem by Caoilfhionn II, and he was recognized with the King’s Cypher by Lucan for his personal service to the Crown during three different reigns, as well as twice by Brennan.

For his courtesy and deportment in the Crown Lists, he was awarded the Shield of Chivalry four times. He twice served as Queen’s Champion of Arms and also won the position of King’s Champion of Arms three times. He was recognized with the Order of Valor of the East by Darius II and Roxane II at Pennsic 32 in recognition of his valor on the battlefield.

Kenric was a skilled metalworker, who at this past Pennsic was one of Champions representing the East for the Arts and Sciences War Point. He also did extensive and immersive research on Anglo-Saxon culture and language, learning to read and speak Anglo-Saxon English and striving at all times to make his person and persona as historically accurate as possible, to make history real and tangible to enhance both his own experience and that of those around him. To note only one vivid example, he was a performer in a battlefield telling of Beowulf at Pennsic XLII during his first reign. As one audience member described it, “when it came to be his turn he rose from his high seat to speak just as the sun was setting. He was exactingly dressed for the role, and as the light shifted from the setting sun to the torches in the tent, the Anglo-Saxon King of the East spoke the words of King Hrothgar in the original language that the poet put in that king’s mouth. We were transported.”

Kenric and Avelina reigned three times in the East. At the end of their first reign, Kenric “retired” his original persona and name of Kenric of Warwick, and at the Coronation of Edward II and Thyra held elaborate funeral rites for the death of the King, culminating in the elevation of Prince Edward and Princess Thyra to the Crown. The story of the passing of King Kenric captured the imagination of many in the East, and a number of artworks, stories, and songs were inspired by the life of “Saint Kenric of Warwick of Blessed Memory”. During their second reign, Kenric adopted the persona of Kenric æt Essex, cousin of the original Kenric, who had married Avelina and who again reigned in the East. During their third reign, Kenric instituted King Kenric’s Challenge, whereby he pledged to personally reward any and all Eastern Citizens who completed two, three, or four war point activities in armored combat, rapier, archery, or thrown weapons at Pennsic War.

Kenric is survived by his beloved wife, Duchess Avelina Keyes, and their daughter, as well as a wide circle of family and friends. An interfaith Memorial Service will be held this Saturday, January 20, 2018 at noon at Saint Benedict’s Church in Warwick, RI.


Photo by Raziya bint Rusa